Hawking urges Moon landing by 2020 to ‘elevate humanity’

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Prof Hawking says: “If humanity is to continue for another million years, our future lies in boldly going where no one else has gone before.”

Prof Stephen Hawking has called for leading nations to send astronauts to the Moon by the end of this decade.

They should also aim to build a lunar base in 30 years’ time and send people to Mars by 2025.

Prof Hawking said that the goal would re-ignite the space programme and give humanity a sense of purpose.

He was speaking at the Starmus Festival celebrating science and the arts in Norway.

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